Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, asserted on Monday that his records of birth, education, and employment are accurate, and that those who disagree with him are wasting their time and money.
This was spoken by Tinubu, 70, during a speech at Chatham House in London, United Kingdom.
Nigeria’s 2023 Elections: Security & Economic Development and Its Foreign Policy Imperatives was the subject of his speech.
The early years of the former governor of Lagos State have been the subject of discussion, but Tinubu said his critics can ask for a DNA test to confirm that he is, in fact, a descendant of the Tinubu family.
When asked to clarify some of the controversies around his early years, Tinubu responded, “Inquisitive, but at the time of birth, I was dated March 29, 1952.”
He said, “I’ve had a very good exposure in life, my record is consistent in the school, in the university, they (critics) are now convinced that they wasted their money and their time. The record is there, the transcript is there showing March 1952.
“I’m not claiming another father, I am Tinubu and Tinubu proper. If they want a DNA, they could as well request from us. One of them has even been accused of not being a Nigerian citizen, I didn’t touch that area.
“Equally, it remains the same, Deloitte, Chicago State University where I graduated from has attested to that. Now, I can announce that I have received my original replacement degree certificate from them.
The APC presidential candidate said none of his contenders can match his professional records which he described as “outstanding”.
“Deloitte trained me as an accountant. Mobil Oil has attested to my record, outstanding record, I got to the pinnacle of my career in the private sector. Who among them can brag about that?” he queried.
Along with other prominent figures, the former governor of Lagos attended the renowned policy institute and think tank. These included former governors of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, Kaduna State’s Nasir El-Rufai, and Jigawa State’s Abubakar Badaru.